Easy Kalita Wave 155 and 185 Recipe and Brewing Guide

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The Kalita Wave is a pour over brewer that is easily recognized by its distinct waves or ridges descending down its sides. Its unique design also features a flat bottom which allows for more even extraction and water flow. It’s an easy to use brewer that provides a consistently good cup of coffee. Below we have a recipe for Kalita’s smaller size brewer, the Kalita Wave 155, and their larger size, the 185. Plus we have a few brewing tips to get the most out of your Wave.

Kalita Wave
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Kalita Wave 155 recipe

Below is an easy recipe for the Kalita Wave 155. We’d recommend starting with a medium grind size. You can adjust your grind size for future brews as you see fit depending on your preferences.

Keep in mind that depending on your grind size, you may need to adjust the timing of your pours. A coarser grind will drain more quickly. If you start to see the top of the coffee grounds peek out above the water, you want to do another pour.

We’re going to use a 1:17 ratio, which means for every one gram of coffee, use 17 grams of water. This is sometimes referred to as the “golden ratio” of pour over brewing. However, just like with grind size, feel free to adjust future brews. If you want a stronger cup, go down to 1:16 or 1:15. This recipe will make about 10oz of coffee.

What you need

Instructions

  1. First, insert the filter into the brewer and place your coffee mug or server underneath the brewer. Rinse the filter with hot water and allow the water to drain into the mug. Then discard the water.
  2. Add 17 grams of ground coffee to the brewer.
  3. Tare your scale and start your timer. Then immediately start your bloom by adding 40 grams of water while pouring in circles/spirals. You want to make sure all of the grounds are saturated. You can use a spoon to break up any dry clumps if needed.
  4. For each pour, try to pour as evenly as you can and make sure to go over the entire area of the coffee grounds (i.e. don’t focus on just one spot like the center). At 30 seconds, pour until you reach 100 grams of water.
  5. At 1 minute, pour until you reach 160 grams of water.
  6. At 1:30, pour until you reach 220 grams of water.
  7. For the last pour, at 2:00, pour until you reach 290 grams of water.
  8. Allow the water to finish drawing down. Then discard your filter.
  9. Enjoy!

Kalita Wave 185 recipe

Below is an easy recipe for the Kalita Wave 155. We’d recommend starting with a medium grind size. You can adjust your grind size for future brews as you see fit depending on your preferences.

Keep in mind that depending on your grind size, you may need to adjust the timing of your pours. A coarser grind will drain more quickly. If you start to see the top of the coffee grounds peek out above the water, you want to do another pour.

We’re going to use a 1:17 ratio, which means for every one gram of coffee, use 17 grams of water. This is sometimes referred to as the “golden ratio” of pour over brewing. However, just like with grind size, feel free to adjust future brews. If you want a stronger cup, go down to 1:16 or 1:15.

This recipe follows the same instructions as for the 155. We’re just adjusting the amount of grounds and water. This recipe will make about 20oz of coffee, enough for 2 people.

What you need

Instructions

  1. First, insert the filter into the brewer and place your coffee mug or server underneath the brewer. Rinse the filter with hot water and allow the water to drain into the mug. Then discard the water.
  2. Add 34 grams of ground coffee to the brewer.
  3. Tare your scale and start your timer. Then immediately start your bloom by adding 80 grams of water while pouring in circles/spirals. You want to make sure all of the grounds are saturated. You can use a spoon to break up any dry clumps if needed.
  4. For each pour, try to pour as evenly as you can and make sure to go over the entire area of the coffee grounds (i.e. don’t focus on just one spot like the center). At 30 seconds, pour until you reach 200 grams of water.
  5. At 1 minute, pour until you reach 320 grams of water.
  6. At 1:30, pour until you reach 440 grams of water.
  7. For the last pour, at 2:00, pour until you reach 580 grams of water.
  8. Allow the water to finish drawing down. Then discard your filter.
  9. Enjoy!

Tips for a better brew

Below are a few tips to get the most out of your Kalita Wave:

  • Allow the coffee to “bloom”. If you’re not yet a pour over aficionado, the bloom happens when you pour a a small amount of water into the brewer first and wait. You’ll see the grounds swell and bubbles rise to the surface. Essentially what this does is release the gas (CO2) in the coffee grounds. By releasing the CO2, the water is better able to extract the flavors from the coffee. 
  • Rinse the filter first. This is a good tip for any pour over brewer, not just the Wave. Before adding your coffee grounds, place the filter into the brewer and a mug or carafe underneath the brewer. Rinse the filter with a bit of hot water and allow the water to drain into the mug. Then discard the water and start brewing. Rinsing the filter will remove any paper flavor in your coffee that comes from the filter. It also preheats your brewer.
  • The Kalita Wave requires a specific “wavy” filter. A common complaint of these filters is that they sometimes lose their shape when they’re taken out of the package. This can make it hard to get them placed right in the brewer. Use a spare coffee mug or buy a cheap one to store your filters in. This will allow them to retain their shape.

We hope you found this brewing guide for the Kalita Wave helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other kinds of coffee brewers, we have a ton of other recommendations, recipes, and tips here.